Category: Blog

Is context king in school improvement?

24 April 2018

The EEF’s Families of Schools database provides a wealth of information to help schools learn from each other. In this blog post, James Richardson discusses how it can help schools understand and overcome their common challenges. […]

Author: James Richardson
Posted on: 24 April 2018
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Problem solving doesn’t need to be a problem

18 April 2018

With an increase in problem solving questions in formal assessments, the EEF’s third recommendation for improving mathematics provides some useful strategies for such questions. […]

Author: Vicci Williamson, Director of Research and Development at Hungerhill School
Posted on: 18 April 2018
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TeachMeet Doncaster … just the beginning!

27 February 2018

Teachers and the quality of their practice make the difference in the classroom. As teachers we believe this passionately and there’s plenty of research out there to back this claim up (see work by Dylan Wiliam or John Hattie as a starting point) … effectively, teachers rule! […]

Author: Claire Dutton, classroom teacher and research lead at Richmond Hill Primary Academy With: Jack Wardle, classroom teacher and research lead at Woodfield Primary Academy
Posted on: 27 February 2018
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Why multi-link cubes and counters aren’t just for early years

27 February 2018

‘Representation and structure’ is one of the five big ideas underpinning teaching for mastery. The second recommendation in the EEF’s guidance report on Improving Mathematics in Key Stages 2 & 3 [1], Manipulatives and Representations links very closely to this. […]

Author: Vicci Williamson, Director of Research and Development at Hungerhill School
Posted on: 27 February 2018
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So, what can assessment do for our students?

1 February 2018

Vicci Williamson takes a closer look at the first of eight recommendations from the EEF’s guidance report for improving mathematics in Key Stages 2 & 3. […]

Author: Vicci Williamson, Director of Research and Development at Hungerhill School
Posted on: 1 February 2018
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The First TeachMeet in Doncaster

23 January 2018

The TeachMeet event took place on 16th January 2018 to a fantastic turnout! 200 Primary teachers and leaders experienced an eclectic mix of over 10 presentations. […]

Author: Jodie Birkinshaw, Programmes and Events Co-ordinator for Partners in Learning
Posted on: 23 January 2018
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Working Memory & the Implications for Pupils from Low Income Families – What is the research telling us?

23 January 2018

Recently at Doncaster Research School, Dr Joni Holmes, of the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge University, presented findings from her latest research including working memory. […]

Author: Helen Tredgett, Associate Assistant Headteacher, Hungerhill School
Posted on: 23 January 2018
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Bold beginnings – what does this mean for us? Bold beginnings: The Reception curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding schools

23 January 2018

In November 2017 the latest Ofsted report ‘Bold Beginnings’ was published creating much discussion, debate and controversy around its key messages related to the Reception curriculum. Julie Jenkinson, Headteacher at Bawtry Mayflower Primary School shares her school’s response to the report and the question’s it raised. […]

Author: Julie Jenkinson - Headteacher, Bawtry Mayflower Primary School
Posted on: 23 January 2018
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Hassan Farah Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

20 December 2017

No, this is not a typo – just a story about what could have been.

As a biology teacher, I have learnt that when it comes to teaching the topic of reproduction, students are always fascinated by twins. You have planned to teach this part of the topic in one lesson but end up stretching it to two because the students are just bursting with questions […]

Author: Helen Tredgett, Associate Assistant Headteacher, Hungerhill School
Posted on: 20 December 2017
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How can you use the new EEF Maths Guidance Report to help close the attainment gap?

19 December 2017

The Education Endowment Foundation published its fourth Guidance Report on the 3rd November 2017: Improving Mathematics in Key Stages 2 & 3.  The Guidance Papers seek to pull together the best evidence available in a series of coherent strategies which schools and teachers can implement.  There are a further six more Guidance Reports due for […]

Author: Lucie Pond, Assistant Director of Research School: Secondary
Posted on: 19 December 2017
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